Soul Boy

Director: Hawa Essuman
Country: Kenya and Germany
Year: 2010
Running Time: 60 min
Language: Swahili

Soul Boy, Hawa Essuman, 2010, Kenya/Germany, 60 min.

14-year-old Abila lives with his parents in Kibera, one of the largest slums in East Africa. One morning, he discovers his father is ill and delirious, because he has gambled his soul away in the company of a spiritual woman. To rescue his father, Abila sets about looking for the woman. She gives Abila seven challenging tasks to save his father’s lost soul, or else.

About the Director

Hawa Essuman

hawaBiography: Hawa Essuman performed in and worked on several theatre plays and a couple of films before she made her way into the world of production and then, eventually behind the camera. Working on TV commercials and documentaries provided her production experience before working as part of the directing team on a local TV drama series, Makutano Junction. In 2008 she wrote and directed her first film Selfish? and then three short films over the next year – The Lift, Cold War and Coming Out. Her film Soul Boy (2010) was screened at over 40 film festivals around the world and won some awards as a result, the dioraphte audience award at the International Film Rotterdam 2010, the Signis Award at the Zanzibar International Film Festival and Best East African Film at Kenya International Film Festival 2010 being among them. Since then she has been exploring music videos and developing a few projects.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Soul Boy (2011).

Selfish? (2008);
The Lift (2008);
Cold War (2008);
Coming Out (2008);
Soul Boy (2010).